Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) – BEd(Curtin) – 161510
This course is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in secondary school teaching and, at the same time, allows the pursuit of specialist interests.
The degree is recognised nationally and internationally for those who aspire to teach students aged twelve to eighteen in public and private schools.
As part of the degree program, you choose a major and a minor teaching specialisation. The major teaching area qualifies you to teach up to year 12 in secondary school. The minor teaching area qualifies you to teach up to year 10 in secondary school.
The core education units comprise the bulk of the course and are taken throughout the four years. You will cover areas such as planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences and programs; the curriculum learning areas; classroom management and teaching strategies; theories of learning; Indigenous education; and teaching children with diverse leaning needs. There is a strong emphasis on creating and nurturing an inquiry approach and analytic and critical thinking.
There are three main elective streams:
- The International Baccalaureate stream (3 units), which provides you with the certification to teach in schools following the International Baccalaureate curriculum. This option is becoming increasingly popular as more schools both nationally and internationally choose to follow this curriculum.
- The Catholic education stream (3 units), which provides you with the background to apply for teaching positions in Catholic schools
- The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) stream (3 units), which provides you with the background and skills to teach students from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB).
You may choose electives from between these three streams of from other electives offered. You can also choose elective units from across the University, for example, psychology, speech and hearing and indigenous education.
School experience forms a significant part of the degree. You will work in schools in various capacities and for varying lengths of time throughout the program, culminating a final term-long internship (usually 10 weeks). During the internship, you will have the major responsibility for a class, under the supervision of a mentor teacher. There are often opportunities for a country practice or an interstate or overseas internship.